The Rockies intend to pick up Jorge De La Rosa’s option for next season

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After being limited to just 13 starts between 2011-2012 due to Tommy John surgery, Jorge De La Rosa has bounced back quite nicely this season with a 3.21 ERA and 86/44 K/BB ratio in 126 1/3 innings across 22 starts. And the Rockies intend to keep him in the fold for next season.

According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Rockies owner Dick Monfort said yesterday that the team intends to pick up De La Rosa’s $11 million club option for 2014. The 32-year-old left-hander originally signed a two-year, $21.5 million contract with the Rockies in November of 2010. When he exercised his $11 million player option for 2013 last October, it triggered a club option for 2014.

De La Rosa currently has his lowest strikeout (6.13 K.9) rate since 2007, but he is also walking fewer batters than ever before. Meanwhile, his ground ball tendencies have allowed him to keep the ball in the ballpark. He may not be a frontline starter, but reliable arms are hard to come by in Colorado.

Report: Astros, Michael Brantley agree to two-year, $32 million contract

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and outfielder Michael Brantley are closing in on an agreement for a two-year contract in the $32 million range.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

Brantley’s health, though, is why he had to settle for a two-year deal as opposed to a longer contract for a player of his caliber. He will take over in left field. In the event Brantley succumbs to injury woes, the Astros have top prospect Kyle Tucker waiting in the wings.

Update: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who also reports that the deal is in place, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH. That opens up some more playing time for Tucker.